nbn has successfully launched its first broadband satellite into orbit after it blasted 36,000kms into space from Guiana Space Centre in South America on 1 October.

Sky Muster is one of the world’s most-advanced communication satellites and will play a critical role in providing fast broadband access to around 400,000 Australian homes and businesses.

Over the coming months the satellite will undergo final technical testing ahead of its commercial launch scheduled for mid-2016. Once available, the service is expected to provide wholesale speeds significantly faster than those currently used now.

nbn CEO Bill Morrow said the satellite would provide access to fast broadband for the parts of Australia that needed it most.

“With the launch of Sky Muster, we’re one step closer to changing the digital face of our nation.

“The ability to video-conference friends and family, study courses online and visit doctors from your lounge room will all be possible in areas which have traditionally struggled to access basic internet services like online banking and shopping.

“Many homes and businesses in regional and rural Australia still rely on dial-up level speeds and have little or no access to a commercial broadband service – this satellite will help to close the divide and ensure no-one gets left behind,” he said.

The new nbn™ satellite service is designed for homes and businesses in rural and remote Australia that fall outside the fixed line and fixed wireless areas.

Satellite FAQ: Everything you need to know about Sky Muster.

Watch the video of the lift-off below: